Women’s Heart Clinic
Take part in a program dedicated to helping women prevent and treat heart disease at Adventist HealthCare in Maryland and the Washington D.C., area.
Cardiologists for Women
Women’s hearts are different from men’s hearts. For your best heart health, you need a doctor who understands your heart and gives you the unique care you deserve. At Adventist HealthCare, you’ll find cardiologists (heart doctors) who specialize in caring for women.
Heart Disease Risk Factors for Women
Some risk factors for heart disease affect both men and women. Others are unique to women, or may happen more often in women than in men. These include:
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Preventive Heart Care for Women
If you have risk factors for heart disease, a cardiologist specializing in women’s health can help you understand your chance of a heart attack or stroke. When you know your risk, you can take steps to protect your health. At our women’s heart clinic, you’ll work with a team that believes "prevention is cure." You can benefit from our services even if you don’t have symptoms of heart disease today.
Your First Appointment: What to Expect
Your first visit with a women’s cardiologist at Adventist HealthCare starts with us learning more about you.
We’ll ask about your health history and check your vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, height and weight). We may do an electrocardiogram (EKG).
Then, your doctor will recommend the best next steps for you. Plan on 40 to 45 minutes for your appointment.
How to Prepare
To get the most out of your appointment, bring:
- Medical records
- Family health history and reproductive health history
- List of allergies
- List of prescription and over-the-counter medications, including the amounts you take
- List of your questions and concerns
Individualized Heart Care Plan
Your lifestyle has a big impact on your heart health. Taking simple steps to modify your lifestyle can reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke by more than 90%. That’s why our care plans emphasize daily habits, routines and behaviors. Your doctor will help you understand what steps you can take to look after your heart. They may include:
- Screening and diagnostic tests
- Treatment of existing conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease
- Smoking cessation recommendations
- Exercise program with our partners at CoreLife
- Nutrition counseling and classes
- Stress management, such as practicing mindfulness techniques or yoga
Count on us to communicate with your primary care provider and other specialists. When all members of your care team stay up to date on your health needs, you benefit from better, more personalized care and a smoother experience.